And then there were the Hugo Awards presented by the membership of the World Science Fiction Convention.
Yesh. What a mess leading up to the ceremony May 22.
I'm not going to link to any of the numerous stories that have appeared over the months everywhere from NPR to the Huffington Post to The Atlantic to i09 and beyond; if you're curious just Google "Hugo Award Controversy" and prepare for a whole lotta...sadness. The innocent parties are not those on either side of the fisticuffs—regardless of whether their points were good or bad—who deliberately engaged in internet/social media name-calling, character assassinations, threatening and otherwise hurtful behavior. Rather, those deserving of sympathy are someof the nominees who were inadvertently caught in the middle of a (let's be honest) silly tug-of-war over SF's oldest award. What should have been a happy circumstance (a nomination) and a happy night (the Hugo ceremony) will now always have a negative asterisk in the listings.
Anyway, as a response to the controversy, "No Award" was presented in multiple categories—but not for the artists. The winner of the "Best Artist" Hugo this year was Julie Dillon (below left); the "Best Fan Artist" rocket went to Elizabeth Leggett (below right). You can find a complete list of this year's Hugo results here.
Will the Hugo fighting continue next year? I hope not. Maybe if everyone will take a step back and consider...
But tomorrow is another day so let's simply say to the Chesley and the Hugo honorees: Congratulations one & all!